Blooming May


Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’

I was so unsure about picking this one up off the nurseryman’s sales table last year. Yet it turned out to be one of my favourite plants of the summer. And now it’s back, better than ever.




Suddenly colour is everywhere. The boldest, brashest colour of the season.



Peony (variety unknown)




Love them or loathe them, I’ve inherited rhododendrons. I prefer them at this stage, just opening out, before they become blowsy and overblown.



Astrantia major




Nectaroscordum siculum

..With the tall wands of the Nectaroscordum soaring up behind it.



Cornus canadensis



Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Album’

Ophiopogon makes a good contrast. Such a useful plant.



 Ophiopogon and Ornithogalum

It looks good with the Star of Bethlehem too.




The herb garden is not to be outdone.



Bluebells and Red Campion

While the Devon banks alongside the drive provide a colourful display of wildflowers.



Iris setosa Baby Blue and Geum ‘Lemon Drops’

This month’s purchase was another Iris.


And it’s back to blue for the finale.



 I make no apology for including the bluebells here again, they really are spectacular this year.


Here are two shots of them that you won’t have seen before:



 From the top end of the woodland..



..down to the river.

I can’t claim any credit for the bluebell display. It is just here. Marvellous.


Linking to Carol and Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens, where you will find other May bloomers from around the world.